by Trina Robbins

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- Here is an extended comic-book quest story--cum allegorical novelette--that offers little insight or entertainment. The difficulty lies in buying into these stock characters and staying with them throughout the overextended, contrived story. The female protagonist, named Girl, and her adoptive mother, a talking cat called Mother, set off on a Catswalk--a destinationless journey ``to see what we may see.'' They meet a boy, called Boy, who joins them. When they come to a city, Boy is imprisoned by its ruler, who is referred to as His Blackness; Girl is waylaid by a priest--the setting is ancient Mesopotamia--and enters a druglike dream realm. She escapes, although not by any convincing means, and saves Boy by being cleverer at riddles than His Blackness. Although Boy and Girl have grown up and discovered their names (Hunter and Beloved, respectfully) by the end of the story, they do not seem to have been changed by their adventure, and some incidents seem pointless. Although several prescribed elements of the genre are present, the tale is derivative and cliched; combined with the Disneyesque illustrations (that also hint of Marvel Comics influence), the characters remain lifeless, and readers detached.-- Susan Patron, Los Angeles Public Library

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Ten Speed Press
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Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.07(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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